Will it be ‘Arise Sir Shimon’ for Peres?
ISRAELI PRESIDENT Shimon Peres may receive an honorary title from the Queen on his forthcoming visit to Britain next month. The details of the visit, first reported in the JC last month, and any possible title, are still under discussion between the Foreign Office and Buckingham Palace.
Mr Peres will visit Britain on November 18 for three days. Although the trip is not classified as an official state visit, he is scheduled to meet the Queen.
Under the headline “Sir Peres”, a report in the Israeli tabloid Yediot Ahronot, based on sources in the Israeli Foreign Ministry, said that Mr Peres would be receiving a knighthood during his visit. However, foreign citizens can only receive honorary knighthoods, are not gazetted and do not have the right to call themselves “Sir”.
Such titles are usually conferred on the recommendation of the Foreign Office. As it is, any honour that Mr Peres may or may not receive has yet to be finalised.
Sources involved with preparations for the visit say that the Palace has “yet to get back to the Foreign Office” on the matter.
Israeli President Shimon Peres, bound for London in November